Even small towns cannot escape a little drama and controversy. On the seemingly most benign events. Every mid-July, Sequim, Washington celebrates their lavender industry by highlighting local lavender farms, showcase artists, food, and enjoy a variety of music. But this year, the lavender farmers and representatives had some sort of falling out and the event split into two. The Lavender Festival and the Lavender Faire.
The Festival with its artists, food vendors and musicians was held “downtown” on Fir Street and you drove yourself to selected small lavender farms (free). The Faire was held in Carrie Blake Park with artists, food vendors, musicians, and booths representing special interests (National Park rangers explaining the upcoming tear-down of the Elwha River dams, Washington State University Master Gardeners, and more). The selected large lavender farms provided bus tours from the park ($10). You did catch the underlines…the dispute is between the little guys and the big guys.
Personally, we enjoyed getting two festivals on one weekend. Each had a different flavor and both were within walking distance of our RV Park. Especially liked the music of Pearl Django at the Lavender Festival. Hot gypsy jazz. Great stuff. Need to find them on iTunes and download a few songs.
Unfortunately, this last spring and summer (so far) have been cooler than usual and the lavender was not in full bloom. Give it another two weeks and we are told the air will be pungent with lavender scent.